A New Deck


Surprise! My long anticipated deck is complete!

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Here’s how it all came together.

On Tuesday my contractor called and said they had a break in their schedule and would be able to get things installed several days early. (Yay!!) Three guys worked until late afternoon yesterday (even during the few bursts of rain) to finish up the entire thing in one day.

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As you can probably tell, I’m super pleased with the results.

Before I get in to more pictures, though, I have to apologize. Clearly my outdoors-in-the-afternoon photography skills are lacking. I should have taken these pictures on an overcast day or closer to sunset, so please bear with me. I’ll be more conscientious about this once I get the space styled.

Anyway, as I mentioned, I decided to contract this project out. After seeing the crew work, I realize it could have been a doable DIY. Nonetheless, I’m glad it’s complete and in just one day.

Here’s a quick look at the space before.

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A New Deck | Inspired by Charm

It was an awkward and mostly unusable space. The previous owners decided that blacktopping every grassy area was the way to go, (I don’t get it.) Unfortunately, it didn’t do much for the space aesthetically.

A New Deck | Inspired by Charm

Now, with a uniform and thoughtful layout, it’s become a fully functional space that’s no longer an eyesore.

A New Deck | Inspired by Charm

A New Deck | Inspired by Charm

In terms of furniture and decor, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. I updated my porch with some new furniture (more on that soon) so I was able to relocate an existing table and chairs to the deck. I also threw on a few potted flowers that I had for some snappy color. I might build wooden benches or look for something second hand. I do know that I probably won’t be investing a lot more dough this year. I want to see how the space functions. Then, maybe next spring or summer, I can look for something more fitting and permanent.

A New Deck | Inspired by Charm

Obviously, the deck will need to be stained. (I’m still deciding on the color.) As I mentioned in another post, I want to make other tweaks to this area, including painting the shed doors black, updating the light fixture in between them, stringing up some patio lights, etc.

Regardless of what else I decide to do, I’m just so excited to have a deck. I’m even more excited about enjoying it this weekend. It’s the perfect place for grilling and sangria drinking.

A New Deck | Inspired by Charm

What do you think of the new deck?

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  • Reenie at

    WOW!! That turned out great. They did a good job making it all level. I think that would have been the hard part. Looks great!! 🙂

  • margaret at

    Looks great! Vertical plantings on that new wall would be awesome! You do need some sort of covering from the heat. I can’t wait to see what else you do!

  • Heather C at

    what a transformation, it’s great

  • Kay Shive at

    I’d say you’ve got a winner there, Michael! Now I’m looking forward to seeing what color you stain the deck and how the doors look after they’re painted. You are going to start living on your new deck. . . you lucky duck!

  • Sue B. at

    Huge improvement and you’ll definitely be spending a lot of time in your great new space, enjoy!

  • Nancy at

    I love how it looks. Your taste is so respectful of the house while making it into your life. Another lovely update.

    • liz n. at

      That is a very good observation, and I think the key to why everything Michael does works so well: He really pays attention to who his house is.

  • Melissa Leach at

    What a great space! I’m ready for to watch your progress and to be inspired. (I visualize built in seating 🙂

  • TidyMom at

    oh I love it already!! what a functional space it turned into! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • Bailey at

    What a difference……looks great !

  • Elle at

    Simple and functional. I love the clean lines and integration with your space. Well done!!

  • Jeanette Bruffett at

    super jealous! its wonderful and I can’t wait to see it stained and styled 🙂

  • Carrie at

    It looks great! I love how it wraps around to become the “step” to the shed doors.

  • KC1 at

    WOW!!!! What a huge difference! Amazing!!!!

  • liz n. at

    Oh, very nice! Just enough privacy and just enough sunshine! The espaliered apple tree looks to be doing well, too! Maybe you’ll get a couple more apples this year!

  • Sheila at

    Very well planned out project! Vast improvement.

  • Rachel at

    The deck looks amazing! Waiting to see how the space functions before adding accessories is a great tip.

  • girlfromwva at

    i think it looks great! it will be nice to follow you and see how the space evolves…

  • Mia at

    Love it!

  • Julie Blanner at

    Wow, what a transformation! I love the divider as well – it’s beautiful!

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